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Joyful Militancy: Building Thriving Resistance in Toxic Times by Nick Montgomery and carla bergman

Why do radical movements and spaces sometimes feel laden with fear, anxiety, suspicion, self-righteousness, and competition? Montgomery and bergman call this phenomenon rigid radicalism: congealed and toxic ways of relating that have seeped into social movements, posing as the β€œcorrect” way of being radical. In conversation with organizers and intellectuals from a wide variety of political currents, the authors explore how rigid radicalism smuggles itself into radical spaces, and how it is being undone.


Finished: Jan 2021

Rating (out of 5): ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Would absolutely recommend this book to anyone steeped in any activist circles or with a history of organizing. It takes a firm stance against the status quo, both in the world, and in the groups organizing against it. It identifies the currents that pull people away from increasing joy in the Spinozan sense (ie, positive affect, and empowerment to grow and live fully).

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